Made it to the SF MOMA last night for the Picasso exhibit that’s up until the end of May. It was really well-curated. The Picasso paintings were shown in the context of the artists he inspired. The text included lots of biographic notes, explaining when certain artists like Man Ray and Jackson Pollack first encountered Picasso. I was able to go during a private corporate party when the museum was closed to the public, but I would expect it to be quite crowded during regular hours.
Two other exhibits really caught my eye as well. A Hidden Picasso was fascinating! It used technology to show an entire painting hidden under Picasso’s Scéne de Rue. Picasso basically painted this dark nightclub scene, and then painted over the whole thing. Yet with x-rays, microscopes, etc, the entire painting with coloration can be rendered. Amazing!
Finally, the Picturing Modernity was really inspiring. Lots of work from the 1920s and 1930s. Apparently the SF MOMA has a huge collection, and they simply rotate the viewings. The ones I saw last night will be on display until the end of April, with a new part of the collection going up May 12.
I couldn’t resist the museum store. I found some Hello Lucky letterpress Christmas cards for a mere $3.75 for a box of 6! I LOVE letterpress. If I had a huge barn of a house like Martha Stewart, I would totally have my own vintage Heidelberg. I picked up a couple. I slacked on Christmas cards this year, unless I sent out ones from my school. But now I’m all set for next year! Nothing like planning ahead.
Speaking of planning ahead, I’m currently working on a huge overhaul to PaperDollyGirl. It will eventually be moving the blog from LJ to something else, but it will be available via RSS and I will still log in here to post comments and things. Basically, I need more options for what I want to do with the site, and I also want a better way to keep up with my bloglines. Stay tuned!